Gillette, Wyo.--Andre Marquez, who played for the Pronghorns basketball team last season after transferring from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., will continue his basketball playing days at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.
Marquez started 14 games as a Pronghorn and averaged 12.8 points a game. He made 28.3 percent of his three-point attempts and was successful 72.5 percent of the time from the free throw line.
According to Head Coach Shawn Neary of the Pronghorns, Marquez made many improvements this past season, especially in the second half of it.
Neary stated “Offensively, he came in as being a very good penetrator. He was very hard to guard getting to the basket. I thought [in] the second half and as the season went on, I thought he did a better good of getting into the lane, getting into the paint and being able to find open guys; reading the defense better.”
Neary thought his ability to do that really helped the Pronghorns offense. He also said that Marquez did a really good job at rebounding and that he was one of the better rebounders on the team.
The Pronghorns coach said that Biola “plays in a very strong NAIA league in California.” He mentioned that Marquez had opportunities at NCAA Division-II schools as well, but that it was “a really good pick up for Biola.”
Biola University, which is an NAIA school in the suburbs of L.A., is a Christian university of an undergrad population of about 2,500 students. The men's basketball team is coached by Dr. Dave Holmquist, who has been the Eagles coach for 33 of the past 35 years. Of the two years he didn't coach, he worked on a doctorate dissertation and was the school's athletic director for the second one.
Head Coach Holmquist like the way Marquez could get to the basket, like Neary mentioned.
“Well, I especially like how he could penetrate and get to the basket. [He] looked like he'd be somebody who would play hard. The players really liked him and felt good about him. That's always a great sign to me.”
Holmquist looks at using Marquez as a shooting guard and possibly a point guard.
Marquez is not the first player that Holmquist has brought in from the Wyoming junior colleges. He recruited two players from Eastern Wyoming College in the 90's.
As for Gillette College, there have been a few Pronghorns that have went on to four-year institutions. Some of them include Patrick Webb (Montana State), Kalen Foreman (Saginaw Valley State), James Hunter (Washington State) and Ryan Aaron (Southern Nazarene University).